Firebird Journal

Survival and Renewal in the Anthropocene

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The Great Disruption — Drought

This is the fourth part of a series on what Australian author Paul Gilding, in his 2011 book on the climate catastrophe, has called “The Great Disruption.” (Read Part 1, 2, 3) Gilding’s thesis, and that of this series, is not that we are necessarily headed toward the end of the world, or even the […]

The Great Disruption — Floods

The Great Disruption – Part 2 – Floods This is the second part of a series on what Australian author Paul Gilding, in his 2018 book on the climate catastrophe, has called “The Great Disruption.” (Read Part 1, Part 3) Gilding’s thesis, and that of this series, is not that we are necessarily headed toward […]

The Great Disruption — climate migration

The Great Distruption – Part 1 – Climate Migration This is the first part of a series on what Australian author Paul Gilding, in his 2018 book on the climate catastrophe, has called “The Great Disruption.” (Read Part 2, Part 3) Gilding’s thesis, and that of this series, is not that we are necessarily headed […]

An iconic town, a perfect storm and a warning

I visited Lahaina, back in the day. My girlfriend and I pitched a tent and camped on the beach just south of town, where ginormous hotels now block access to the water. We wandered downtown and bought T-shirts and sampled the local cuisine. We visited the charming Lahaina Heritage Museum, with its priceless artifacts from […]